New to Reusables?
1. Choosing the right level of information for you
So that you can choose how much information you want to look at, each nappy has:
- Its own product page with a quick overview and 'Bottom Line' summary
- A more detailed pdf guide which you can view (or download and print out if you prefer)
- A video guide showing all the steps you need to use the nappy
There's even a 'Personal Shopper' with 4 simple questions to help you choose the right nappy for you - and no Gok Wan in sight!
There are also general information guides on all aspects of reusables to be found in the 'Hive of Information'. It's basically a nappy demo in the comfort of your own home at your own pace - you can even wear your pyjamas!
So enjoy having a look around and we'd love to know what you think -
2. What will we need?
- 20-24 nappies & 5-6 wraps (unless using an 'all-in-one' type)
- Accessory kit
- Liners (flushed away with the 'poo')
3. What does it involve?
- NO NAPPY PINS!
- Having a feel-good glow from doing the right thing for your baby's future
- After the initial stage a couple of extra washes a week
4. What does it cost?
- A lot less than disposables
- Not the Earth!
- Expect to pay �300-400 for everything you need for the first child versus �1500-1800 for disposables. Remember, your reusables can usually be used on a second child too!
5. What different types are there?
- Terry toweling is still available & a very economic option but more fiddly - not ideal at 3am
- Modern reusables are shaped just like disposables so much easier to use
- Essentially, they come as one-size, 'birth-to-potty', which are adjustable or sized which come in 2 or 3 sizes for the 'perfect fit'
- Also, there are 3 styles: 2-part (with a waterproof wrap), 'pocket' (with absorbent inserts) or 'all-in-one' (the simplest of all)
6. What materials are there?
- Fleece - a synthetic material which is very quick drying but not as absorbent as other materials. Microfleece often used as a 'stay-dry' layer inside the nappy.
- Microfibre - a synthetic fibre made from polyester - very absorbent & quick drying.
- Bamboo - a good environmental choice - ultra absorbent (60% more than cotton) & green but slow to dry naturally.
- Hemp - excellent green credentials and ultra absorbent like bamboo - less bulky but takes even longer to dry.
- Cotton - a compromise between microfibre & bamboo/hemp - a natural material with good absorbency and relatively quick dry time but requires a lot of pesticides and fertiliser to grow unless organic.
7. Which nappy should I choose?
8. What size nappy does my baby need?
Most nappies are sized due to a baby's weight. If you're unsure of this, you can use our estimator chart to help you find out what size nappy is most suitable.
9. How do I wash reusable nappies?
Not sure how to wash reusable nappies? All is clearly explained on our 'How to...' video guide to washing.